American Black Walnut gunstock for a Remington 600

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Project by HalDougherty posted 06-22-2010 01:18 AM 10767 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a couple of projects for Remington 600 stocks carved from laminated and colored birch. The laminates were made by Ruttland Plywood and that type of laminate is what almost all the custom stock carvers use to make laminated stocks. This is the same type stock, but carved from a solid blank of quarter sawn walnut. Usually all the figure you get from a quarter sawn stock is dull and plain. This blank however has beautiful highlights in the butt and some fiddleback. The stock is straight from the grip area forward so it should be as stable as a solid piece of wood can be. Most of the stocks I carve are for varmint/benchrest type rifles and I make them from custom laminates that I make in my shop from American Black Walnut, Wild Cherry, and several types of Maple. I got this blank in the first lot of walnut I bought several years ago. It was almost dry when I got it and I’ve had it in my attic for the last 3 years to finish drying. I wet sanded the stock using tung oil and steel wool to help fill the pores in the walnut. Several more sessions of wet sanding will be needed to smooth the stock and fill the pores with tung oil and microscopic particles of walnut.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 01:45 AM

Nice stock work! I’m familiar with all the handwork that goes into a custom stock. Scrape and fit, scrape and fit! Where did you luck up on the 600 action? Been a long time since I saw one. That was a great little rifle.

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 02:38 AM

I’ve had the Remington 600 since the 70’s or early 80’s. I just wish I had bought a bunch of the cheep Mohawks. They were $89.99 new in the box! My granddad used to tell me how he got in the movies for a nickle and bought a hamburger for a quarter… So, I guess I’m almost a geezer myself for talking about how cheep stuff used to be. LOL This stock isn’t near finished. It’s ready to fit the action. It goes in, but it’s got high & low spots that need to be worked out and the trigger plate opening needs some wood removed so it will fit right. If I make the opening any bigger, there will be some customers who’s parts will leave a gap between the trigger guard and the wood. It’s a lot easier to remove wood than to put it back…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 04:13 AM

Nice! I love that grain.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 08:02 AM

I don’t know but my theory has always been to pillar bed all Remington 600 and 788, and free float the barells except in the really heavy calibers. I stopped buying new remingtons when the stopped production on the 788’s because they were outselling the much more exspensive 700’s. Took all the fun out of it

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 05:19 AM

I love the concept, I have a remmington 722 chambered in .222. However I am interested in building a thumbhole stock for my .300 browning BAR. I might have to consult you sometime. Nice Build !

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 06:47 AM

These are great. My husband is trying to make a stock out of black walnut. Do you have a suggestion on a book that explains how to get the best cut out of the wood and how to make the stock?

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